December 16, 2020
Las Vegas Heart Associates cardiac electrophysiologist, Niuton Koide, MD, FACC and MountainView Hospital are the first in Nevada to implant a new cardiac monitoring tool for diagnosing, managing and monitoring long-term heart conditions such as; atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia. This Insertable Cardiac Monitor System (ICM), is another first and new device in the state being used at Las Vegas Heart Associates. The small leadless electronic device, about the size of a paperclip is surgically placed under the skin of a patient’s chest by a physician. The brief minimally invasive outpatient procedure is typically performed at the hospital. Many patients experiencing symptoms such as fainting shortness of breath or a racing heart may be a candidate for this device.
Once implanted, the device, using the technology of an electrocardiogram (ECG) is now used as a long-term option and does not require patients to make multiple visits to their physician’s office. ECGs are typically performed in your doctor’s office, in a clinic or a hospital room. This technology is a non-invasive way to monitor and record a patient’s heart rhythm. It sends real-time, valuable information to your physician and care team for clinical evaluation. There is a mobile app available to pair with the ICM. The system has a remote monitoring component which allows both the patient and the physician to connect to the device via the app to access data daily. “ICMs allow me to collect information to track and evaluate cardiac arrhythmias,” said Dr. Koide, Medical Director of Electrophysiology. “An arrhythmia is when the heart is beating too fast, too slow or at an irregular pattern.”
Las Vegas Heart Associates is at the forefront of state-of-the-art treatments and technology to provide the community with access to exceptional and advanced cardiovascular care. To learn more about the services and physicians at Las Vegas Heart Associates, please visit the website at Las Vegas Heart Associates. The practice has two convenient locations and is currently accepting new patients.